SpartanNerd Review…Play Arts Kai Final Fantasy Dissidia Cloud Strife

Warning….Depressing news ahead  😦

 

SpartanTeen wanted a new set of “Beats” for his birthday…totalling around $100.  We were OK with that.  But we had to be fair.

So then SpartanKid had to get around $100 to spend (for fairness sake.)

Well he had his eye on these Final Fantasy mini-figures at The Tangled Web.  But I kind of talked him out of them.  They are the mini variety, and one was of Yuffie and the other was of Aeris.   I just though he could have better, since he had more money to spend than was required, and those figures seemed so…humble..?..?..  (I will refer to these words at a later date.)

So I guided him a little.  I said, “Son, you sure you don’t want a larger scaled Final Fantasy Figure?”  Of course he was excited!

I did not know what I was getting into….

 

I scoured the internet, and for the most part there aren’t any Final Fantasy VII figures.  Kotobukyu made some.  And there are some “Trading Arts” types that have limited articulation and low detail.

He really wanted Sephiroth.  The “big S” was definitely out of the picture.  Every figure I saw on the internet was well over $100.  But Vincent kept coming up when I typed Sephiroth, and Vincent was his other choice.  Vincent only costed about $50, and so he naturally said, “How about Cloud?”  I found a comparable cloud figure and KABAAM, his birthday wishes were fulfilled.

 

As Timmy Turner would remind us, that is the power of the internet.  Too bad the internet can burn you, too…

 

These action figures arrived a few weeks ahead of time.  We put them away strategically, and everything like that.  I took pictures of the boxes, anticipating a review, (but I’ve lost the photos.)  When the big day came, he was so excited.  He said “I have an idea. You draw a map, and let me find my presents.”  The SpartanWife did this while I was away.  I can only imagine how this escalated the excitement…

 

I came home to a sad, sad child.  Cloud’s hand was broken in the box, evidently.  Manufacturers defect.  MAJOR BUMMER.  (And Vincent’s leg was loose.  But that will be a different review.)

 

2 cloud bust

 

 

For the price of this thing, this shouldn’t have happened.  Not in a million years.

This is the first figure I’ve seen opened and broken in a long, long time.  It is very unacceptable.  And all of that excitement ramp, YOU KNOW that contributed to a major emotional crash when this was discovered.

(What actually broke was the peg on the ball joint that connects the wrist to the forearm.  In the picture above, I have applied superglue and I decided to photograph the figure as it set.

Here is my review of the rest of the figure.  Let me say, though.  my anger might have “cloud”ed my judgement.

Cloud has an excellent sculpt.  I can’t complain at all about the sculpting except for the head.  I will point out that Cloud looks a little feminine.  Sometimes anime type characters do, however.  But this time he really does have a girly face.  His hair looks good, but on closer examination there is some slop right at the hairline.  I don’t know if that is the sculptors trying to sculpt a shadow or some kind of detail.  But it looks to me like sloppy glue.

1 cloud handless

3 cloud back

Cloud doesn’t have any trouble standing while he isn’t holding anything…

5 cloud hands and sword

Cloud Strife wouldn’t be who he is without this item.  The buster sword was essential to the figure.  And it is rendered perfectly here.  It has a little bit of weight to it too.  I love how it is beautifully captured, right from the game!  The three hands here are Cloud’s two alternate hands, and the hand that broke off.  Cloud’s open hands are pretty good.  I wish they had a tighter grip so they could hold the sword better, but they are good enough.  The other two hands are a puzzle…They are the closed fist type with a hole through the middle so you can insert an accessory.  But what accessory can fit in that hole?  Not the buster sword.  (The handle is too fat.)

4 cloud alternate hands

I decided to get brave.  I put the hand on the broken peg, (it set for about 15 minutes), and swapped out the closed hand for an open hand on his left side, and then propped him with the sword on the ground.  This is kind of a classic pose for cloud, except for the goofy hand in the air.

6 cloud hand glued on standing with sword

 

You can see, he looks fantastic with his sword and his complete hand.

 

Feeling braver still, I put the sword in the raised hand.  Sadly, the weight of the sword caused the glue to give way, and I had to start over  😦

 

Here is my rating for Final Fantasy Dissidia Cloud Strife.

I was able to repair the hand with superglue.  But the hand is not posable, much less swappable as intended.  This is a major mark off of my rating.  I will add that his hair has some sloppy glue on it, at least that’s what it looks like to me anyways.

I read other reviews of this figure on the internet, and there were a few people who mentioned that theirs was broken in the box.  Not many, but one or two.  Most everyone said that they couldn’t pose Cloud standing with the buster sword.  But my superglued version of Cloud does hold the sword, and holds it however I want!  Behind the head, in front as if in battle, to the side like a shield.  Whatever.

 

But my overall impression of this figure is that it isn’t for playing.  It is for poking at every once in a while.  Maybe posed, but then left alone.  Certainly no rough play.  So it’s more of a “posable statue” than an action figure.  I am personally used to the Masters of the Universe Classics and Marvel Select figures,…,these are figures that rarely give me any big problems, with the occasional loose ankle or something being as bad as it gets.  But hand broken off…no way.  Never.  And I will point out the average cost of figures in both lines are cheaper than this figure was.  Let’s keep in mind, though, that I bought this for a child.  He wants to play with it, too rough I’m sure.

 

I am not too familiar with the game called “Dissidia.”  The version of Cloud bouncing around in my head is the low rez version from Final Fantasy VII.  Back then when Square decided to render him as high as they could, it didn’t seem that he appeared feminine.  But maybe the Dissidia version is.  I won’t judge on that.  This cloud doesn’t speak to me like that version does, though.

I rate FInal Fantasy Dissidia Cloud Strife 2/5.  Cloud earned the points he has because of the awesome rendition of the buster sword, and because the sculpt is generally good.  Points were taken off because there is glue slop at his hairline, the alternate hands are seemingly useless, and then the whole ordeal with it being broken before coming out of the box.

 

Anyone out there disagree?  Let me know.  I will be sending a copy of this review to Play Arts Kai.  I felt confident that it was going to be a good product when I ordered it due to past experience with Mega Man X.  But I was mistaken.  I will let the world know what Play Arts Kai has to say if they say or do anything at all.

 

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